The English Premier League has been given the green light to return to action June 1 — in empty stadiums.
Prime minister Boris Johnson announced Monday that the government had a strategy as part of “Project Restart” to begin opening up the country. That included “permitting cultural and sporting events to take place behind closed doors for broadcast, while avoiding the risk of large-scale social contact,” ESPN reported.
EPL clubs met Monday to talk about their restart plans, which include player contracts. The league said teams want to resume play.
“Following today’s meeting of shareholders, EPL chief executive Richard Masters said the 20 clubs are united in their desire to get the 2019-20 season back up and running and that players and managers will have an important role in that return,” the Premier League said in a statement.
“In today’s meeting, it was reiterated the Premier League and clubs absolutely recognize the COVID-19 pandemic puts football into context. So many lives have been lost and so many others deeply affected. During today’s meeting the UK Government signaled the possibility of a return of live sports from June 1, following on from its announcement on the easing of the lock down in England.”